Carlos Carreiras is the Mayor of Cascais, as well as President of the General Council of the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities and the Portuguese Network of Participative Municipalities. He is also the Vice-president of the Executive Commission of the Union of Portuguese Language Capital Cities (UCCLA) for the biennium 2017/2019.
Born in Lisbon in 1961, he would soon move to Cascais to never leave again. Having completed his studies at Instituto de Contabilidade e Administração de Lisboa in 1987, he worked with large companies in Europe, South America and Africa, especially within the hospitality industry, until 2005. It was around that time that he would become interested in local politics.
A founder of the Social Democratic Youth (JSD) and member of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Carreiras advocates for public policies dedicated to the promotion of talent and entrepreneurship. He was Vice-president of PSD from 2014 to 2016, and President of the Francisco Sá Carneiro Institute until March 2013. In addition to his political work, he has been a political commentator at TVI 24 and a columnist for Jornal i.
He was awarded several distinctions, such as the First Class National Defence Medal by the Minister of National Defence, the First Order of the Republic by the Moldavian government, and the National Medal for Merit by the government of Romania. Carreiras was also awarded the Recognition Medal by AMI – Assistência Médica Internacional acknowledging his support to the organization.